Tools on the FoodSHIELD secure site are sponsored by the Food Protection and Defense Institute.
Economically Motivated Adulteration (EMA) & Intentional Adulteration (IA) Databases
Economically motivated adulteration (EMA) is the intentional adulteration of food for economic gain. EMA incidents have resulted in serious unintended public health consequences, and they illustrate gaps in our regulatory and quality assurance systems that could be exploited for intentional harm.
The FPDI EMA project focuses on learning from past EMA incidents and developing tools to help detect and deter future incidents. The FPDI EMA Incident Database catalogs and details a wide range of unique incidents of EMA in 16 different categories. The database is searchable by incident characteristics such as food adulterant, production location, morbidity/mortality, and date. FPDI is also collaborating with United States Pharmacopeia to evaluate the EMA vulnerability of the 1,100 monographs in the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC), a compendium of quality and purity specifications and methods for food ingredients. These databases enable industry and government to better evaluate the risk of EMA to assist in focusing resource allocation. Finally, we are exploring analysis of alternate data sources (such as import data) that could alert us to heightened EMA risk in food products in the future.
More information on the EMA databases can be found on FPDI's EMA page.
Questions about the EMA databases? Contact FPDI at email@example.com.
For media requests related to the databases, contact Erika Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food and Agriculture Readiness Measurement (FARM) Toolkit
The FARM Toolkit is a benchmarking tool designed to enable food-sector stakeholders in government and the private sector to improve their capabilities to respond to, remediate, and recover from, threats to the food sector. The FARM Toolkit is composed of two sections:
Benchmarking: participants answer a series of questions on their current capabilities. The benchmarking section of the FARM Toolkit sets the foundation for the stakeholders’ current capabilities in three main areas: Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.
Resources: participants are linked to specific resources based on their input in the benchmarking section. Stakeholders are linked directly to resources that provide information on funding opportunities to directly address their needs, a tutorial providing assistance in completing the grant submission process, a library of training sites for enhancing their preparedness, databases that network the best practices of other stakeholders based on their own experience, and access to the Food Emergency Response Plan templates developed by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA).
FASCAT (Food and Agriculture Sector Criticality Assessment Tool
The Research Database project was initiated to address the gap in identifying research completed or underway pertinent to intentional or catastrophic events in the food and agriculture sector. The work accomplished in this project assists public and private sector leaders in addressing research gaps, needs, and to conduct vulnerability assessments. The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) established a database to ensure that research in the food and agriculture sector was captured and available for viewing. FPDI has identified and assessed existing research from numerous U.S. and international databases. Those projects deemed of value have been added to the data base totaling over 300 entries to date while more than 1000 have been reviewed. The project entries contain projects addressing the intentional contamination of the food protection, animal, and water supply. This includes methods of contamination, detection, persistence, risk assessment/communication, and decontamination. The final aims of the project are to create a Food Defense Research Agenda. This will be accomplished by matching research requirements and needs from government and the private sector with gaps identified through this project.